Surviving the City

Surviving the City

Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2018
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"Tasha Spillet's graphic-novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, resilience, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan's Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape - they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother resurfaces. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don't? Colonialism and the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People are explored in Natasha Donovan's beautiful illustrations."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba : HighWater Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781553797562
Branch Call Number: SPI VOL 01 2019-03
Characteristics: 54 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Donovan, Natasha - Illustrator


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JessicaGma Sep 18, 2019

This would be a great story to share with a class or group to start a discussion about murdered and missing Indigenous women as it features this very topic but in an easily understood fashion, where the reality is of course, more complex. It's also nice to see a friendship portrayed as such, and the realities of being cared for by grandparents. A good story to share and start discussion

IndyPL_NicoleN Aug 19, 2019

"Surviving the City" brings more awareness to the huge issue of missing Indigenous women. This story is set in Canada and follows two teen girls through their friendship and the terror of separation.

Jul 23, 2019

A fantastic graphic novel. It really feels like the artist got a huge say in the story because she really got a voice in this book.

vm510 Jul 16, 2019

Good short graphic novel that follows two Indigenous teenage girls in Canada. It's a story about friendship and separation - but its backdrop is the huge problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women (stolen sisters). I wish this was longer and discussed the girls' berry fast + full moon + learning about their heritage from their families.

Tigard_LisaE May 11, 2019

This brief graphic novel is an example of how perfectly a story can educate, promote empathy, and provide a window into an unfamiliar world. Miikwan and Dez live in a perilous world where the women and girls in their lives are often taken violently due to systematic colonialism, racism, and misogyny. This book shines a spotlight on that issue, and in just a few beautifully drawn pages with minimal text, also manages to inspire deep feelings for the characters and a better understanding of their culture, their support of one another, and the dangers they constantly face. It's a beautiful story.

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